Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's individual pursuit

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The men's individual pursuit event in cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics consisted of matches between two cyclists. The riders would start at opposite ends of the track. Each had 16 laps (4 kilometres) in which to catch the other cyclist. If neither was caught before one had gone 16 laps, the times for the distance were used to determine the victor. In the thirteen matches of the 2004 event, no cyclist was lapped.[1]


  Gold   Silver   Bronze
  Bradley Wiggins (GBR)   Brad McGee (AUS)   Sergi Escobar (ESP)


World Record Christopher Boardman (GBR) Manchester, United Kingdom 4:11.114 29 August 1996
Olympic Record Robert Bartko (GER) Sydney, Australia 4:18.515 17 September 2000


Qualifying roundEdit

20 August, 16:30

The sixteen riders raced against each other in matches of two. Qualification for the next round was not based on who won those matches, however. The cyclists with the eight fastest times advanced, regardless of whether they won or lost their match.

Heat Name Time Rank
1   Yuriy Yuda (KAZ) 4:29.676 14
  Hossein Askari (IRI) 4:39.302 15
2   Linas Balciunas (LTU) 4:22.392 9
  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) 4:29.005 13
3   Carlos Castaño (ESP) 4:27.871 12
  Levi Heimans (NED) DNS
4   Volodymyr Dyuda (UKR) 4:18.169 Q 5
  Christian Lademann (GER) 4:26.760 11
5   Fabien Sanchez (FRA) 4:20.606 Q 8
  Alexei Markov (RUS) 4:25.520 10
6   Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 4:15.165 Q 1
  Luke Roberts (AUS) 4:19.353 Q 7
7   Rob Hayles (GBR) 4:17.930 Q 4
  Robert Bartko (GER) 4:18.991 Q 6
8   Sergi Escobar (ESP) 4:16.862 Q 2
  Brad McGee (AUS) 4:17.510 Q 3

Match roundEdit

In the first round of actual match competition, cyclists were seeded into matches based on their times from the qualifying round. The fastest cyclist faced the eighth-fastest, the second-fastest faced the third, and so forth. Winners advanced to the finals while losers in each match received a final ranking based on their time in the round.

Heat 1
  Rob Hayles (GBR) 4:19.559 Q (3rd)
  Volodymyr Dyuda (UKR) 4:22.720 (7th)
Heat 2
  Brad McGee (AUS) 4:17.978 Q (2nd)
  Robert Bartko (GER) 4:26.184 (8th)
Heat 3
  Sergi Escobar (ESP) 4:19.581 Q (4th)
  Luke Roberts (AUS) 4:20.336 (5th)
Heat 4
  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 4:17.215 Q (1st)
  Fabien Sanchez (FRA) 4:21.235 (6th)

Medal roundEdit

Cyclists were again re-seeded, this time based on their times in the match round. The third- and fourth-fastest riders faced off in the bronze medal match, while the fastest two riders competed for the gold and silver medals.

Bronze medal match
  Sergi Escobar (ESP) 4:17.947
  Rob Hayles (GBR) 4:22.291
Gold medal match

In a reversal of the 2002 Commonwealth Games final, where McGee had caught Wiggins before the end, the Brit took the title to make up for the disappointment of his teammate losing the bronze medal match.

  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 4:16.304
  Brad McGee (AUS) 4:20.436

Final classificationEdit

The final results were[1]

  1.   Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
  2.   Brad McGee (AUS)
  3.   Sergi Escobar (ESP)
  4.   Rob Hayles (GBR)
  5.   Luke Roberts (AUS)
  6.   Fabien Sanchez (FRA)
  7.   Volodymyr Dyuda (UKR)
  8.   Robert Bartko (GER)
  9.   Linas Balciunas (LTU)
  10.   Alexei Markov (RUS)
  11.   Christian Lademann (GER)
  12.   Carlos Castaño (ESP)
  13.   Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
  14.   Yuriy Yuda (KAZ)
  15.   Hossein Askari (IRI)

Did not start:   Levi Heimans (NED)


  1. ^ a b "Cycling at the 2004 Athens Summer Games: Men's Individual Pursuit, 4,000 metres". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2020.

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